Read-a-thon! Spring 2014

It’s time for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I’ll be keeping track of my progress here and posting on Twitter (@ElizabethMelle, #readathon) whenever there is an update. I’m also co-hosting Hours 5 and 6.

Scroll down for mini-challenges!

Goals: Finish 3 titles and read 800 pages

Pages read: 506
Time spent reading:  3 hours 5 mins
Time spent cheering: 2 hours
Time spent co-hosting: 2 hours
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 4

The Walking Dead Volume 20 – All Out War Pt. 1 (FINISHED)
Leaving a Trace by Alexandra Johnson
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing (FINISHED)
A Few Figs from Thistles Edna St. Vincent Millay (FINISHED)
I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis/Iain S. Thomas (FINISHED)


8:08am – I really wish I could have slept longer this morning, but I was wide awake at 5:30. This will be difficult in a few hours. Got some reading in. Started with the Walking Dead so I could boost my page count a little, since I’ll be busy around noon with co-hosting duties.

Keeping an eye on the weather today as we have a chance for severe thunderstorms late tonight and on into tomorrow morning. I guess it’ll be easy for me to stay awake, right?

9:37 – Took a break to make coffee, enjoy some fresh air on the front porch, douse my flower beds in ground red pepper because Mr. Mistoffelees, the cat that belongs to the neighbors across the street, THINKS MY BEAUTIFUL FLOWER BEDS ARE HIS TOILET. You know, I could turn this entire blog into nothing but rants about neighbors and then you’d see a post every day. Parties, blocked driveways, and the newest thing — a chicken coop.

Anyways, did a little cheering and now I think I’ll get back into a book for a little bit. That Walking Dead volume was something, but maybe a little less impressive than I expected? I’ve been disappointed with the last few.

10:56 – Putting Leaving a Trace aside. It’s not grabbing me today, so I’ll move on to something else a little later. Taking over co-hosting duties now! You can find me over here for the next little while and on Twitter @readathon.

11:00Pants Optional.

1:11pm – Oh boy. Co-hosting duties done for the day and the wind really try to kill things for me. Leave it to the weather to knock out the internet on a beautiful spring day. Co-hosting is difficult with no internet, but I managed to monitor the Twitter account from my phone. Thanks to Andi and Heather for picking up my slack!

Now, I think it’s time to read.

2:42 – Finished a book of poetry and Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. I appreciate his opinion of adverbs and the idea that we shouldn’t let what we learned in composition courses keep us from writing the way we want. I read the latter of the two outside in the sun and the wind. The fresh air was good.

About to have some Sonic happy hour. Need to decide what I want to read next.

5:30 – Started I Wrote This For You. I have no clue what this is, but Amazon recommended it to me and I got it because nothing else was calling to me from my shelf.

Did the Shelfie Mini-Challenge (below).

7:07 – Took a break. Back to the books.

9:20 – Read a little, took a break for dinner, read more. Finished I Wrote This For You. If you are anything like I was at 16, you’ll think this is changing your life forever. If you’re an adult reading this you should be able to pick out the prosaic parts. There are a few gems in here. Lots of potential, didn’t live up to the hype.

10:59 – Took a break from reading to get the rest of my cheers in. Now it’s time to relax with something I really want to read. And I think I’m taking it to the tub.

12:07am – That turned into nothing but a relaxing bath. Unfortunately, now I’m so relaxed I think I’m taking a few books to bed with me and we all know how this ends — with me dropping my Kindle on my face.


Kick Off Survey
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Norman, OK
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Probably A Game of Thrones, but I doubt I’ll make a ton of progress with it.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Cheese.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I was wrong about last readathon being my 8th. It was my 9th, which means this is my 10th readathon!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I am SCHEDULING a nap sometime in the middle. It’s the only way I’ll survive. Stayed up a little too late last night and woke up an hour before I wanted to this morning.

Shelfie Mini-Challenge

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?
I Wrote This For You

2. How many books have you read so far?
Finished 3, read 5.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Maybe A Game of Thrones?

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
I didn’t make any other plans and there were lots of other plans to be made, so yes, I suppose so 🙂

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Quite a few. My attention span hasn’t been great.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
The number of participants this year.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I’ve seen behind the Wizard’s curtain and this is an incredible operation.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
I might actually plan out the day.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Not really, but Hour 18 always gets me.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
My trusty stopwatch for keeping track of minutes read.

13 Replies to “Read-a-thon! Spring 2014”

  1. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Crab Orchard, KY

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Lethal Lily

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Nothing. I have a rumbly tummy. 🙁

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I just started my own business as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? NOT try to stay up the entire 24 hours. Especially since I woke up out of the blue at 3:00 this morning and could not go back to sleep!

  2. This is my first readathon so I’m still learning the ropes – it sounds like you are off to a great start! And *high five* fellow Walking Dead fan! Enjoy your morning and don’t forget to get up and stretch every hour 🙂

  3. Yes! Love the goals and am super jealous that you’ve been able to make them reasonable! I always want to do more more more -and then think it was almost enough? And already finished a book?! Good stuff!

  4. Oh man, I’m stoked that you’re reading The Walking Dead. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read the comics, but I love the show! It was my gateway drug into zombie novels, which I’m now sort of addicted to. So much fun. Hope your Readathon is the BEST EVER, you seasoned pro! XOXO, your friendly neighborhood cheerleader

  5. Congratulations on your 10th readathon!!

    I love the Game of Thrones books, but watch out as they are quite violent. I took a break between reading them to read a biography on Margaret Thatcher. I kept wondering why she didn’t just kill all her opposition!

    Happy Reading!

    Jill from Team Butler.

  6. The stopwatch is genius. I usually just guess, ha. I remember so many times I watched you do these read-a-thons and I had school work and said, “Nope, can’t commit.” Then I finally realized, it’s not a big deal if you can’t read all day. Thanks for participating so that I had the chance to learn about it and participate. 🙂

  7. Reading in bed always seems like a good option, until you wake up three hours later!

    Thanks for all of your hard work to make readathon a reality. 🙂

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